Double Bay

'Double Bay, Double Pay' as the local saying goes - this wealthy suburb exhibits the sunny side of Sydney life.

TravelCurious Tip

If you happen to be here on a Thursday, there is a small but high-quality farmers market held in Guilfoyle Park, serving everything from fresh crusty bread rolls to Vietnamese street food.

Double Bay is a pretty, expensive suburban neighbourhood located roughly 4km east of Sydney’s Central Business District. Its name refers to the twin bays (the eastern half is also known as Blackburn Cove) which lie between Point Piper and Darling Point. As part of the larger Sydney Harbour, it is only a 15 minute ferry from the city centre, and as such makes a perfect spot for lunch and a wander before heading back into town.

“Double Pay”

Though the area was once dominated by a large cattle and lettuce farm, a period of sustained prosperity following WWII lead to the coining of the nickname “Double Pay” in the 1980s, a dry reference to the high average income and the proliferation of expensive fashion outlets. If designer shopping is your thing, this may be the best place for it in all of Sydney. Otherwise, a walk along the shoreline will reward you with some lovely views north towards the estuary, which can also be admired from the pretty and children-friendly Steyne Park, which adjoins the water.

Cool Off

If the summer sun is feeling particularly hot, head to the west end of Double Bay, where you will find the Murray Rose Pool, a large tidal swimming area which is enclosed to protect swimmers from the many ferries which come and go from the nearby port. This may leave you peckish, in which case the Redleaf Pool Café, 500m further east, serves up delicious meals and snacks, and you can sit and enjoy a cold drink while admiring the view.

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